2015 Slayton House Exhibition

Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House

October 29-December 12, 2015

Our judge was Christine Lashley. Here are her comments about the show.

First Place: “Assateague Channel” by Bonita Glaser

This painting exemplifies the beauty and translucent quality of watercolor with it’s shimmering washes for pools of water and varied vegetation. There is a confidence to the brushwork and an ease with the paint that makes for a very strong painting that transcends the sedate subject matter. Excellent use of diagonals and value shifts to lead the viewer’s eye through the painting.

Second Place: “Building the Basement” by Susan Murphy

I enjoyed the confident use of opaque and translucent paint, backed with a solid and interesting design. The subject matter is secondary to the joy of shape, line, and color, moving throughout this artwork. I also enjoyed the occasional pops of color intermixed with the neutrals.

Third Place: “Romanesque Road” by Sabine Yeager

This whimsical, fun painting shows the artist’s appreciation and love of the unique buildings and a great use of rich color. I was drawn in by the unconventional, yet personal viewpoint and tapestry-like effect of the overlapping shapes. Very nicely done subtle variation in the shapes and hues of greens and reds, and a good use of a complimentary color scheme.

Honorable Mention: “Girl in Yellow Coat” by Lois Wolford

This painting captured a great sense of place and feeling of movement. Nice use of wetness levels for the washes.

Honorable Mention: “Stargazing” by Joanna Barnum

A striking and well rendered portrait that showcases the artist’s exceptional confident brush-strokes.

Honorable Mention: “Moonbeams Spill Into the Valley” by Kathy Daywalt

I loved the richness of the textures and color. The many patterns and celebration of shapes form a harmonious whole.

Thank you to our juror, Christine Lashley.

First Place
Bonita Glaser—“Assateague Channel”

Assateague Channel

Second Place
Susan Murphy—“Building the Basement”

Building the Basement

Third Place
Sabine Yeager—“Romanesque Road”

Romanesque Road

Honorable Mentions

Lois Wolford—“Girl in Yellow Coat”

Girl in Yellow Coat

Joanna Barnum—“Stargazing”


Kathy Daywalt—“Moonbeams Spill Into the Valley”

Moonbeams Spill Into the Valley

About Christine Lashley

Christine Lashley studied as a teen in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne, continuing on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She worked for several years in the fashion industry in Europe, then as a muralist and graphic designer. After deciding to stay home when her children were born, Christine pursued her fine art at first as a watercolorist and then also in oils. Her work has won awards in national and regional competitions and she has participated in top plein air competitions such as Easton, Easels in Frederick, and Telluride. Christine’s paintings have been shown nationally and internationally. With numerous works in private and corporate collections, her work has also been featured in publications such as: Artist Magazine, Washington PostElan Magazine, and North Light (F&W Media) books.

Christine currently lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two children, and has been an art instructor for over 15 years.

Christine is a juried member of several art groups including: the Potomac Valley Watercolorists (where she served as President), Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, OPA (Oil Painters of America), and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.